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also ca·lif or kha·lif  (kā′lĭf, kăl′ĭf)
A leader of an Islamic polity, regarded as a successor of Muhammad and by tradition always male.

[Middle English calife, from Old French, from Arabic ḫalīfa, successor (to Muhammad), caliph, from ḫalafa, to succeed; see ḫlp in Semitic roots.]

ca′li·phal adj.
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(ˈkeɪlɪfəl; ˈkæɪfəl)
relating to a caliph
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The crisis this created led Ottoman thinkers to outline a new theory of the caliphate that broke with previous juristic models demanding caliphal descent from the lineage of the Prophet, and instead created a kind of grand bargain between the Ottoman sultanate and an unseen hierarchy of leaders claimed by the mystics.
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The obsessive repetitions to blood are taken to morbid heights when Masrur the caliphal executioner vows to drink Rafi's blood when he kills him.
Those who argue for a more assertive policy in Syria are right that, unless these problems are addressed, ISIS and other jihadi groups will continue to thrive even without the caliphal proto-state.
After discussing one of the most significant of these writers, Muhammad Iqbal, and comparing his view of the Caliphate to Ibn Khaldun's, we will then return to the modern history of Caliphal revivalism, in light of what we learn from Ibn Khaldun and Iqbal.
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This is followed by a chapter examining the Banu Salim region in the eighth to eleventh centuries, where Marisa Bueno Sanchez posits the existence of three distinct social structures which can be used to examine change in a complex and unstable frontier: the local, supra-local regions with ruling families, and areas subject to Caliphal state power.